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Clinically, our work comes down to the provision of an emotional acre of land for each client. For clients of color, this requires a more generous invitation into the room. It requires an intentional invitation honoring the complexity of our world. more »

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Previously, we explored the Undoing Racism® principle of analyzing power (see http://www.pisab.org/our-principles). Now, we examine our roles as gatekeepers and our responsibility to identify and analyze manifestations of racism. more »

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How can I work to change a system that is defective by design? How can people of color take control of, and protect, their bodies in a system that seeks to strip them of their agency? These are ambitious, and at times seemingly impossible, tasks. more »

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Poetry about shouting out in opposition to racism, sexism, poverty shaming. Written by social work student Danielle Mund of Champlain College. more »

Social Work Month Project 2016

We need space to process terror and hate. Sometimes we don’t know what to do. What happens when the helpers don’t know how to help? For students, and ourselves, the concept of cultural humility may not seem new, but it is oh so powerful. more »

Social Work Month Project 2016

In this article, we focus on networking as crucial to finding and developing partners who can join together and mobilize for change in regard to achieving racial equity. more »

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Book review of Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America. more »

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As you learn to see subtle, usually unintentional,manifestations of racial inequity in your organization, the next steps you can take to create change become clearer. more »

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The second principle identified by the People's Institute is Learning from History. Race history in America is filled with pain and confusion. It is impossible to understand this history without appreciating the powerful role of historical trauma. more »

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Ferguson Protest

photo credit: Gino Santa Maria

It wasn't until August 9, 2014, when 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down in Ferguson, MO, that the words “Black Lives Matter” resonated on social media sites and in the news. Why did Black lives matter then, when they always have? more »

Social Work Month 2015

Racial equity work requires recognizing systemic oppression and changing the way systems function. To do this, we must be guided by a set of principles that help us identify barriers and pitfalls, and lead us in learning skills and strategies to more »

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We represent an alliance of thousands of antiracist social workers in the Northeast United States, connected to a national effort to undo structural racism. Why this column? Why is achieving racial equity still an important focus for social work? more »

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Gary Bachman, associate professor of social work at Park University, reflects on the shootings at a Jewish Community Center and geriatric home in Overland Park, KS, on April 13, 2014. more »

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We enjoy what is called white privilege. As a group, we often tend to think that we are smarter, better, and more capable than other people. Part of the arrogance of white privilege is that we think that if something is good for us, then it is good more »

Ethics

Anti-racism websites are listed. more »

Ethics

Despite the decades that have passed since the beginning of the civil rights movement, racism is still a major issue in America. We still see organized hate groups, news stories of racial slurs and attacks, and examples that we observe in our more »

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